Islamic lecturer Yasir Qadhi likes to have it both ways. In his circles, it is called practicing taqiyya (deception). First, he says the most horrific things about Jews. Then, he claims to apologize for doing so. And finally, he is heralded as a featured attraction at different radical Muslim fundraisers, a tactical continuance of his extremist past. This weekend, he is set to be a speaker at the annual banquet of the South Florida chapter of ICNA Relief, a group that possesses its own radical and terrorist-laden history.
In 2001, during one of his Islamic tafsirs (explanations), Yasir Qadhi delivered a viciously anti-Semitic rant. He stated, "As for 80 to 90 percent of the Jews in our times, they are Ashkenazis, i.e. Khazars, i.e. Russians... Look at them – white, crooked nose, blonde hairs... These are not a Semitic people. Look at them! They don't look like Semites, and they are not Semites." Qadhi then told his audience to read more about it in a book called Hoax of the Holocaust. He called it "a very good book."
Regarding this, in November 2013, Qadhi gave an interview, where he made the claim that he had apologized for these comments. He stated, "More than 15 years ago, I was taught to unfortunately believe that Jews had exaggerated the Holocaust and that, in fact, many of our modern Jews are not actually descendants of the original Jewish tribes. Now, of course, I have apologized and retracted from such statements..."